Abbot and Monks of Kargyu Monastery

Abbot and Monks of Kargyu Monastery

2001.35.396.5.5 (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

August 2nd 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Kargyu

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Group of monks outside Kargyu Monastery. The Abbot of Kargyu monastery is in the centre of the image in a grey robe. His hair is uncut and knotted on the top of his head, and he wears spiral-design ivory ear ornaments. Frescoes can be seen in the background

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number


This Image also appears in another collection

2001.35.12.1 1998.131.134

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Head and senior monks'. [MS 28/07/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: "We followed [the welcoming party] through a most attractive wooden gateway into a large cobbled courtyard where a crowd of monks welcomed us. Behind carved pillars there was an ambulatory right round the yard with ancient looking frescoes on the walls ... A fine pony was tied to a pole in the centre of the court; many dogs prowled around. // ... [After tea with the Abbot] We then wandered round the outside of the monastery, and returned to the yard where we took photos of the monks. They enjoyed this thoroughly. " ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 25-6] [MS 09/03/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Abbot and Monks of Kargyu Monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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